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Why Did YouTube Ban Podline6?

A little bit of old news, but I still can’t get over the fact that YouTube had to remove podline6’s entire channel from their site. podline6 has been humbly covering old hits on piano and guitar for quite some time now, getting it spot on — and more — when he does covers by America and Bread. His version of “Hot Rod Hearts” on piano is even better than Robee Dupree’s. Above is my favorite America cover on guitar, “Are You There?”

Above: An emotional podline6 talks about copyright infringement

I’ve been a fan of Larry’s covers for more than a year but his account was suspended by YouTube for copyright infringement. Since when was it illegal to cover songs? It’s not like he was making any money out of it. Yeah, we know it isn’t YouTube’s fault, but record labels need to protect artists. Do artists really need all this protecting? If I were a musician and someone did a cover of my song, I’d be honored. But the record label won’t. And it’s not like he’s covering new songs … but that’s besides the point. In hindsight, why is it OK for other people to cover songs on YouTube and not be banned? And why was his entire channel banned?

So when I grab my guitar and cover songs by James Taylor, am I violating copyright law??

Larry has created a new account, under podline66 to continue to make people happy. He never did it for the money. Check his covers. He’s amazing.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

8 replies on “Why Did YouTube Ban Podline6?”

@Jayvee lots of artists do covers. If it’s a problem thn pretty much every artist ever would have 2 be banned.

@Jayvee it should only be a problem if they start sayin that they wrote the songs they’re covering. Cause then that would be plagiarism.

Actually, what they did was wrong. He is perfectly within his rights to cover songs–the song is now a new creation that he can copyright. Copyright law states that you must pay a fee to the owner of the composition (Presently, the rates are the higher of 9.1 cents per song or 1.75 cents per minute of playing time). But it isn’t within youtube’s rights to verify whether you’ve paid the fee or not. The ‘music police’ are getting way to big for their britches (as my grandma would say!).

It is ridiculous. I really enjoy Larry’s music. Why did they do it. It must have been jealousy or someone wanting to make a buck. This is the way our country is going today, so why should I be surprised.

I did a video protest on that matter… I’m a huge fan of Podline6 (now 66) too and was desperetely angry with all this banning issue.

Saludos desde la isla de Gran Canaris (España).

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